By Duncan Smith
Democrats are fulfilling the prediction of several seasoned political observers and already making noises about ending the filibuster because they’ve got a narrow majority in both chambers an their guy in the White House.
They obviously sense they have a closing window between now and 2022 to implement laws and policies that will lead to a one-party country by institutionalizing Democratic control.
Talk about laying the groundwork for civil war. But Democrats, they don’t care.
They just want power — in any way they can get it.
Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.) is actually standing up for his party, for conservatives, and for Americans who don’t want to live under endless Marxism.
He made a threat on Tuesday that, hopefully, Democrats will heed.
The Blaze reports:
Speaking on the Senate floor, McConnell said the Senate would become a “100-car pileup” where “even the most basic aspects” of its business would be blocked to grind legislative progress to a halt should Democrats engage the so-called nuclear option to kill the filibuster.
“So let me say this very clearly for all 99 of my colleagues. Nobody serving in this chamber can even begin to imagine what a completely scorched-earth Senate would look like,” McConnell said. “None of us have served one minute in a Senate that was completely drained of comity and consent. This is an institution that requires unanimous consent to turn the lights on before noon, to proceed with a garden-variety floor speech.”
He continued: “I want our colleagues to imagine a world where every single task, every one of them, requires a physical quorum. Which, by the way, the vice president does not count in determining a quorum. This chaos would not open up an express lane for liberal change. … The Senate would be more like a 100-car pileup, nothing moving.”
The Democratic majority faces mounting pressure from progressives to kill the filibuster and pass major legislation to fulfill campaign promises from President Joe Biden. House Democrats have passed bills that would overhaul the U.S. election system, codify sexual orientation and gender identity protections into anti-discrimination law, criminalize unlicensed private firearm sales, among other progressive priorities that are unlikely to gain Republican support.
Mind you, when Republicans had complete control over Congress during Trump’s first two years, Democrats like that mammoth hypocrite Dick Durbin were all about maintaining the filibuster, but now want to end it.
A couple of Democrats — Sens. Kyrsten Sinema of Arizona and Joe Manchin of West Virginia — have said they don’t want to get rid of the filibuster, though Manchin may be wavering.
Still, McConnell is a pretty good expert when it comes to Senate rules, and he doesn’t sound like he’s bluffing.
There are a lot of reasons for conservatives to be ticked off at McConnell, but this ain’t one of them.
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